A Charlie Brown tree?

Charlie Brown tree or not, it’s the spirit of giving

This week’s musings and meditations, from Grinches, to retirement, and on to awards.

A GRINCH CHRISTMAS … There are a few Grinches living in Sooke.

As the district celebrated the light up of the town centre, not many were fond of the so-called Charlie Brown Christmas tree placed in the centre of the roundabout.

As quick as you could say Facebook, social media was on fire with negative comments about the tree. Several called the tree a disgrace, others were more polite and used a Charlie Brown reference.

Still, many don’t seem to get it.

The Christmas tree idea was first floated by Mayor Maja Tait in late summer when council was discussing decorating the town centre for the holidays. She said the roundabout needed a tree. Most agreed.

The tree was donated to the district, and the spirit of Christmas giving was alive and well. Or so we thought.

Yet, it’s hard to accept many people’s attitudes towards the tree.

It’s a darn fine tree and one we should all be proud of. And yes, it’s not perfect, but it kind of grows on you.

Charlie Brown Christmas tree? You bet – and let’s  embrace it for what it represents.

•••

OFF TO RETIREMENT … District of Sooke Coun. Kerrie Reay is calling it a career.

Reay, who has been with B.C. Corrections for more than 30 years, will retire on Dec. 17.

But don’t think she’ll be taking it easy in retirement.

She takes her turn as acting mayor in January and February and will make herself available three or four days a week at Municipal Hall.

Congrats, Kerrie.

•••

SPEAKING UP … This town’s Fred Jones, a founding member of the Sooke Harbour Toastmasters, was honoured at the fall conference by the Toastmasters of B.C. as Toastmaster of The Year for District 21.

The selection committee chose Fred from almost 3,000 members for his tireless work for Toastmasters and in particular for his leadership of the youth leadership program.

The Youth Leadership Program encourages young people between the ages of 8 and 17 to enhance their communication skills, increase their self-confidence, by learning the art of public speaking.

•••

FOREST ART … Ten-year-old Tessa Wirtanen, 10, won an honourable mention in the recent Association of B.C. Forest Professionals’ and the Truck Loggers Association’s National Forest Week art contest.

•••

Kevin Laird is editor of the Sooke News Mirror. He can reached by email at klaird@blackpress.ca or by phone at 250-642-5752.

 

Just Posted

High speed internet coming to remote CRD areas

Ottawa to invest $34 million to build 3.5 million metres of subsea fibre optic cable in B.C.

Affordable housing organization seeks to build in Sooke

Habitat for Humanity hopes to build cluster of townhouses at 2008 Murray Road

Council re-tenders Murray Road staircase project

Project could be delayed months

Langford loses bid to host Amazon HQ2

Mayor hopes to attract more tech jobs to city

Whooping cough detected in Claremont student

15 Greater Victoria schools have been informed of a student with pertussis since September

WATCH: Giant waves smash Ucluelet’s Amphitrite Point

Folks made their way to Ucluelet’s Amphitrite Point Lighthouse on Thursday, Jan.… Continue reading

WestJet appeals lost bid to scrap harassment lawsuit

Airline argues judge was wrong to have dismissed the company’s application to strike the legal action

Can U.S. border guards search your phone? Yes, and here’s how

Secretary of homeland security explains a new policy that let’s border guards check phones

‘Beautiful writer’ Nancy Richler dies of cancer in Vancouver hospital

Montreal-born author spent most of her adult life in B.C. as a fiction writer and novelist

Jury convicts spear-wielding Duncan man in 2015 Ladysmith RV park murder

Trever George Meers used a handmade spear to stab Rayna Johnson at the Campers Corners RV Park

Students frustrated by UBCO response to harassment allegations

Students on the Kelowna campus were unaware of resources and worried about lack of communication

Opinion: Dare to be smarter

Just say no works for more than just substance abuse

‘Sing Me a Song’ about B.C. for a chance at $1,000 contest prize

Entries due by March 30 for lieutenant-governor’s British Columbia-themed competition

Facing reality of death, B.C. man learns real meaning of life

Even while preparing for the end, something inside Keven Drews won’t let him stop living

Most Read